Elizabeth Jane “Betty” DeWall

Elizabeth Jane “Betty” DeWall

June 25, 1935 – May 11, 2024

Elizabeth Jane “Betty” DeWall, 88, passed away peacefully on May 11, 2024. 

Betty was born to Tony and Mary Streit in Ashton, IA. She was raised on the family farm and the youngest of 9 children. 

After turning 18, Betty moved to Sioux City, where she worked for several years.  She attended Comptometer School and worked for Roberts Dairy.

Betty met the love of her life, Frank DeWall, in 1962.  They were married the next year on January 26th at St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Sioux City.  They had their first child, Laura, later that year, and their second, Marc, was born in 1966.

Betty and Frank loved to dance, especially to Big Band music and Sinatra.  They enjoyed entertaining family and friends.  They later moved to Omaha in 1976 where they raised Laura and Marc through their high school years. 

After Frank’s passing in 1989, Betty went to work for Rainbow Press for many years.  After retiring, she was very involved in St. James Catholic Church.  She served by working parish funeral dinners, cleaning the church, hospital ministry, perpetual adoration, and loved her rosary group.  Activities filled her time as she attended numerous sporting events and recitals of her 6 grandchildren.  She also enjoyed traveling to see numerous family members, as well as spending time with many close friends.

Betty was dedicated to her faith and family.  She was a fantastic cook, loved to share recipes, and quite possibly made the world’s best Jewish coffee cake!  She was a wonderful homemaker, enjoyed reading the newspaper and cutting out articles, and of course coupons.  Everyone loved to receive her beautiful birthday and holiday cards that would have won awards if they graded them on penmanship!  She never attended a party or social gathering she didn’t like and would always show up with a smile, a story or two, and a yummy dish.  Most importantly, she loved Jesus, and her faith was an inspiration.

Preceded in death by her husband, Frank DeWall; mom and dad; and all 8 siblings.

Survived by children: Laura Wood (Brad), Marc DeWall (Gina), Kathy McCormick (Rob), Carol Williams (Lou), Stacie Waters (Dave); and 6 grandchildren.

VISITATION: Thursday, May 16th from 5pm to 7pm at St. James Catholic Church, 4710 N. 90th St., followed by VIGIL SERVICE at 7pm.  MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL: Friday, May 17th at 10:30am at St. James Catholic Church.  Interment, Calvary Cemetery.  Luncheon at West Center Chapel immediately following Interment.  Memorials are suggested to St. James Catholic Church.

To view live broadcasts of the Vigil Service and Mass, please visit www.heafeyheafey.com and click the “Live Cast” button at the top of the home page.



  • Stevan Bernard Posted May 13, 2024 2:50 pm

    Betty, thanks for all you’ve done for so many others. You truly made a difference. Jesus will surely welcome you. As will Frank. Having you as my Aunt, AWESOME, SPECIAL! Marc and Laura – Love you guys.

  • Steve Doerr Posted May 14, 2024 12:52 pm

    Mark, Laura,
    I am so sorry for your loss. Betty was the nicest person I ever knew. She was like family to us. She was always there for me and my family. I only wish I could be there Thursday . Unfortunately I will not be able to travel . My thoughts and prayers are with you both. RIP Betty.

  • Jeffrey Streit Posted May 15, 2024 9:23 am

    Betty was a very special person. So kind, so full of love for everyone. She made a difference in my life. I have always loved her. Even when I was a little boy she made me feel special. Never forgetting my birthday, taking me shopping for my birthday gift, always smiling and laughing. She was my godmother, but I think she was everybody’s god mother. Always a positive energy, lighting up any room she entered. Betty will always be part of me, her approach to life and involving others, sharing generously in all aspects. Values that I have passed on to my children. I know how much she loved her family. She made a difference, she was the family historian, sharing the legacy of who we are and where we came from. I was so lucky to have her in my life.

  • Denise and Jerry Arnold Posted May 19, 2024 11:58 am

    We cannot put into words how wonderful Betty was in every way. Her humor and kindness, her gentle nature. She was the best neighbor!!

Sign Guestbook

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *